EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Adam Gase, an NFL offensive coordinator for three years, today interviewed for the Giants’ head coaching job.
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Gase, 37, spent the 2014 season as the coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Prior to that, he was with the Denver Broncos for four seasons, the final two as offensive coordinator.
In 2015, Chicago ranked 21st in the NFL with 344.6 yards a game, and 23rd with 20.9 points a game. The Bears were 11th in rushing yards (115.7) and 23rd in passing (228.9). Under his tutelage, quarterback Jay Cutler threw only 11 interceptions, the lowest full-season total of his career.
Like the Giants, Chicago finished 6-10.
Gase has no personal experience with the Giants, but he does have two strong peripheral connections. For the last five years, he has worked under head coach John Fox, the Giants’ defensive coordinator from 1997-2001 and a man who remains a highly-regarded figure in the franchise. And when Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver, his quarterback was Peyton Manning, who has a close relationship with the Giants’ longtime quarterback.
A Michigan native, Gase began his coaching career with a three-year stint under Nick Saban at LSU. He entered the NFL in 2003 as a scouting assistant with Detroit. He was a scouting assistant in 2003-04, and the team’s offensive assistant in 2005, offensive quality control in 2006 and the quarterbacks coach in 2007.
The following year, Gase was an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers. He coached the Broncos’ wide receivers from 2009-10 under Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels, and quarterbacks in 2011-12 under Fox, who elevated him to coordinator in 2013. When Fox took the Chicago job last season, Gase joined him as the Bears’ offensive coordinator.
In Gase’s first season as coordinator, the Broncos scored an NFL-record 606 points and advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII. The following year, they scored 482 points, the league’s second-highest total.
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1. Bears coach John Fox, who was the Giants’ defensive coordinator from 1997-2001 and helped the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XXV, hired Gase in 2015 to run his offense. Under Gase, veteran quarterback Jay Cutler had a career-high passer rating of 92.3, and Chicago finished 11th in rushing with 115.7 yards per game.
2. Prior to joining the Bears in 2015, Gase spent the previous six seasons on the Broncos’ coaching staff (under Fox from 2011-14), including the last two as Denver's offensive coordinator. Over those two seasons, the Broncos led the NFL in scoring offense (34.0 points per game), total offense (430.1 yards per game), and passing offense (315.8 ypg). Denver's offense also ranked second in the league in plays of 20 or more yards (157) and third in third-down conversions (45.2 percent).
3. The Broncos set an NFL record with 606 points scored in 2013, including a league-record 76 touchdowns. They finished second in the league with 482 points in 2014 (25th-most in NFL history). Their 7,317 net yards in 2013 are second in league history. In 2014, they finished fourth in the NFL with 6,446 net yards, 25th-most in league history.
4. In 2013, Peyton Manning, who is Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s brother, was named the NFL MVP for the fifth time in his career after breaking single-season league records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55). Seven players from the Broncos’ offense were named to the Pro Bowl in Gase’s two seasons as coordinator: RB C.J. Anderson (2014), T Ryan Clady (2014), Manning (2013-14), WR Emmanuel Sanders (2014), WR Demaryius Thomas (2013-14), TE Julius Thomas (2013-14) and G Louis Vasquez (2013).
5. A graduate of Michigan State University, Gase began his coaching career at Louisiana State University under head coach Nick Saban, starting off as a defensive graduate assistant in 2000 before working in recruiting from 2001-02. Gase then spent five seasons in the Lions organization, including three on the coaching staff after starting out as a scouting assistant (2003-05). As a Lions coach, Gase held the titles of offensive assistant (2005), offensive quality control (2006) and quarterbacks coach (2007). In 2008, Gase was an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers before becoming the Broncos’ wide receivers coach from 2009-10 and then the quarterbacks coach from 2011-12.